Uganda has lost a devoted, political activist and a good time keeper – Engineer Barbra Anne Allimadi.
These are some of the words being used to describe the dead Alliance for National Transformation [ANT] party’s coordinator for Diaspora and International Affairs.
Eng Barbra Allimadi suddenly died on Monday, 27 April 2020 in her home in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango in a press statement on Tuesday said the scene of crime was visited by a team of detectives who also recorded statements from some witnesses.
The deceased, by the time of her death, and before, was living alone – sources say.
Mr Onyango adds that police preliminary findings indicate that the deceased was founding lying on her stomach with her legs straightened, adding she could have been in pain.
By press time, he body was handed over to Uganda Funereal Service for management, pending burial date.
ANT, a political party she served until her sudden death has issued an official statement, describing her, among many words as a “strict time manager”.
“It’s with great shock and sadness that we announce the untimely and sudden death of Engineer Barbra Anne Allimadi who until this point has been serving at the helm of the party as coordinator for Diaspora and International Affairs,” Alice Alaso Asianut, who’s the deputy ANT Coordinator says.
“Barbra was an initial promoter and a member of the ANT. She was very instrumental in the founding, the launch and interim leadership of the party. Barbra has been very core in setting up our international and diaspora chapters. She has recruited many to the party,” the statement further reads.
According to ANT statement, the deceased has been at the forefront of fundraising and resource mobilisation for the party for all manner of initiatives.
ANT also says at the time of her death she was heading COVID-19 Relief Initiative for the party, adding that she was also co-chairing the planning for launch of another fundraising program.
“She was an embodiment of dedication to the ANT values, a system builder, she’s cared for the detail in every report activity and was so passionate about accountability,” her party adds.
“Barbra was such a strict time manager, she attended almost all the meetings, so full of life and very caring,” Alice Alaso added.
Deceased’s friend and fellow activist, Dr Stella Nyanzi says: “The liberation struggle in Uganda has lost a committed strategist. I have lost an exemplar who never allowed womanhood to exclude her from politics. She was at the forefront thinking for freedom. She led by example; majestically pushing through the trenches battling our oppressors. Kino kitalo nnyo ekya Barbara Allimadi.”
She added: “ANT has lost a Minister of International Affairs. I have lost a passionate source of inspiration whose resilient tenacity was boundless. She never gave up even if it called for resurrection. She always picked herself up after a fall, hoisted herself up her horse, and marched on. Kino kitalo nnyo ekya Barbara Allimadi.”